PARKING problems around Sunderland Eye Infirmary are proving a pain for residents.
Now the trio representing St Michael’s Ward have taken to the streets to ask people living around the hospital in Queen Alexandra Road what they think.
Coun Peter Wood is helping spearhead the campaign to free up the streets close to the Eye Infirmary, which are being clogged up by visitors and patients unable to find parking spaces on-site.
Along with councillors Peter Maddison and Margaret Forbes, he has delivered questionnaires to 150 homes in the area and is now busy pulling together gripes and suggestions from residents.
People living in Queen Alexandra Road, Langport Road, Ledbury Road, Ludlow Road, Leighton Road, Longridge Square and Leominster Road have all received the leaflets.
Coun Wood, Conservative transport spokesman, said: “The St. Michael’s councillors continue to receive complaints about cars parking in Queen Alexandra Road, and the neighbouring side streets, in the vicinity of the Eye Infirmary.
“The problem is gradually getting worse and more car are parking in the side streets and Queen Alexandra Road.
“Even the buses have difficulties at times manoeuvring.”
“In response to the latest complaints we are currently undertaking a survey of local residents and will, in due course, pursue the complaints and suggested solutions with council officers, the hospital authorities and local police as appropriate.
“On weekday mornings and afternoons Queen Alexandra Road and the side streets neighbouring the hospital are full with parked cars.
“This presents danger as well as inconvenience for residents and pedestrians, including pupils at local schools.
“Buses sometimes have difficulties negotiating the parked cars.
“More - possibly free - parking within the Eye Infirmary grounds, yellow lines and/or residents-only parking in Queen Alexandra Road and the neighbouring side streets have been suggested to help resolve the problem.”